Public Health and Schools Toolkit

The Public Health & Schools (PH&S) Toolkit addresses key concepts regarding public health agencies’ authorities to conduct public health activities like vaccination clinics in schools, take emergency measures such as closing schools, and access student health data. The toolkit’s component documents are designed to be used to assist in education, training, and planning activities to prepare for emergencies, as well as to serve as a quick reference resource during an emergency response to an event. The PH&S Toolkit is one of the toolkits in ASTHO’s Legal Preparedness Series.

Intended Audiences

These documents are specifically designed to address the different needs of discrete audiences within a state health agency:

  • State health officers, agency directors, or other senior governmental officials may find the executive overviews and fact sheets of particular interest.
  • Preparedness directors and other programmatic staff will find the fact sheets, issue briefs, state analysis guides, and resource materials useful in understanding and gaining more in-depth knowledge about particular concepts and legal issues.
  • Legal counsel will find the fact sheets about particular federal laws and regulations, issue briefs, state analysis guides, and citations within the resource materials a good basis from which to conduct additional research and analyze their particular state’s authorities on these issues.

Public Health & Schools Toolkit Contents

All documents are listed alphabetically within each document category

Executive Overviews
One-page snapshots of key concepts and issues

Fact Sheets
Short documents addressing fundamental issues or legal authorities  

Issue Briefs
In-depth information and analyses of fundamental issues

State Analysis Guides
Aids to assist states in identifying and analyzing their own statutes, regulations, and policies